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Book of condolence in memory of Nelson Mandela to open in Northampton

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A book of condolence will open at The Guildhall in Northampton this morning for people to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela, who died last night.

South Africa’s first black president led the country’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s after serving 27 years in prison.

His death was announced last night by South African president Jacob Zuma.

The flag at The Guildhall will also fly at half mast today.

Mr Mandela visited Althorp Northampton in November 2002 to pay respects at the grave of Diana, Princess of Wales. A plaque marks the tree he planted while there.

The book of condolence will be available for people to sign from 10.30am until 5pm today (Friday), from 9am until 3pm on Saturday and from 9am until 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The tributes will then be sent on to the South African Commission in London.

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “People across Northampton and across the world will be saddened to hear that Nelson Mandela has died.

“I remember his release from prison in 1990 and his subsequent election as President of South Africa and he became an inspiration to many people.

“He visited Northampton in November 2002 to pay his respects at the grave of Diana, Princess of Wales at Althorp and many people across the town will want to pause and remember him.”

Mr Mandela had been receiving treatment for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital.

 

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